Lack of regulation in West Virgina chemical spill is the rule not the exception

“People before profit” was a common slogan a couple years ago, when the Occupy Movement was in full swing. You saw it on signs and heard it in the chants of marchers. The idea that corporations and governments should prioritize the lives, health and happiness of human beings above the accumulation of wealth seems obvious … Continue reading Lack of regulation in West Virgina chemical spill is the rule not the exception

Three New Years Resolutions for Arizona and America

The New Year has come and gone, 2014 is underway, and you know what that means. It's time for New Year's resolutions! As citizens of the United States of America, and of the state of Arizona, here are three things we can work on as a public body during 2014. Improvement begins at home! 1)Stand … Continue reading Three New Years Resolutions for Arizona and America

The ridiculousness of Black Friday and Wal-Mart

I heard a great riddle over the Thanksgiving break. What’s worse than a holiday that celebrates the 1636 colonial massacre of an estimated 600-700 men, women and children of the Pequot Indian tribe (which, of course, no longer exists) while simultaneously claiming to celebrate a day of peace and gratitude? That’s right — the day … Continue reading The ridiculousness of Black Friday and Wal-Mart

Warsaw and the Philippines give America another chance to show it doesn’t care

The United Nations Climate Change Conference began this week in Warsaw, and it’s hard to say what’s more ironic: the devastating events preceding it or the wallowing inaction that is likely to follow. In a sort of perverse opening ceremony, a leaked scientific document on the potential impact of global warming, followed by one of … Continue reading Warsaw and the Philippines give America another chance to show it doesn’t care

Obama’s centrist immigration reform proposals illicit extremist media response

Now that the government has decided to wait until February before coming to terms with its crippling debt addiction, it’s time for some other subjects to dominate the national political conversation. Next on deck: immigration! President Barack Obama, who has been a key supporter of the proposed Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) … Continue reading Obama’s centrist immigration reform proposals illicit extremist media response

Meet the new news boss, same as the old news boss

For journalism nerds, the news was like a high-profile sports trade. Glenn Greenwald, the man who reported on Edward Snowden’s leaks regarding the National Security Agency, investigative journalist extraordinaire and one of the few people in this country consistently willing to tell the truth in age of corporate-sponsored media lies, had left his longtime position … Continue reading Meet the new news boss, same as the old news boss

Success of Lumberjacks coincides with tough questions about football

We’re not exactly known as a football school here at Northern Arizona University (NAU), but if recent events are any indication, that could be changing. In the Oct. 19 homecoming game, NAU defeated Idaho State University, the team’s fifth victory this season against only two losses. Depending on how the final four games play out, … Continue reading Success of Lumberjacks coincides with tough questions about football

Trans-Pacific Partnership would create new world order of corporatism

Most of us have good reasons for being upset with the American government, particularly as we move into the third week of a collective congressional temper tantrum. We might disagree on exactly what’s wrong with this country, but something sure as hell is. Overall, this is a positive development. A healthy hostility toward those in … Continue reading Trans-Pacific Partnership would create new world order of corporatism

Government shutdown doesn’t put a damper on Obamacare

Dear Congress, How are you folks doing? I know it’s been a pretty rough time for you right now, what with the government shutdown and the impending refrain of the debt ceiling debate and the fact that nearly everyone in the country thinks you ought to be fired, if not outright shot. I mean, it’s … Continue reading Government shutdown doesn’t put a damper on Obamacare

U.S. deporting Somalis back to the nation we helped destroy

The east African nation of Somalia is the textbook example of a failed state. Since the 1991 collapse of their government in the midst of famine and civil war, tens of thousands of Somalis have fled their homeland to take refuge in the United States and other nations. Last week, however, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (Minnesota … Continue reading U.S. deporting Somalis back to the nation we helped destroy